Google Duplex is one of the most rousing voice assistant features we’ve seen yet, even though it’s however all vaporware. That’s not to say Google won’t pull it off; it’s just that the demo Google displayed at I/O 2018 wasn’t live. When Duplex does previously launch, it’ll only be available to a finite number of users for very particular basis.
The capacity to have Google Assistant make dinner reservations and book appointments via voice is still astonishing, pointing to a future where voice-based computing will actually take off. But during the time we wait for that future, or for Duplex to become a reality, we have to check out some of the riotous videos that mock Google’s creation.
Funny or Die came up with a best possible solution for Duplex, and that is controlling your parents. “This cool new tech will help you blow off your parents like never before,” the video’s description reads, and the clip itself is perplexing. If Duplex gets to be this smart, you better believe that your parents will try to use it to analyze and spy on you.
Bonus points for the clip, as the parents really know they’re talking to your Assistant. After some counterblast, Google confirmed that the people in Duplex voice calls will be told they’re not talking to actual person.
The declaration was made at Google I/O, an annual event held since 2008 to share new tools and strategies with builders of products that work with Google software and hardware. It shows how Google is reacting to increasing rivalry from big tech companies over virtual assistants, shopping and devices.
Still demonstrations of the feature, which is not yet a full product, left onlookers feeling perturbed about the human likeness in the assistant’s robotic voice.